Hogan named Chair of Department of Sociology and Social Work

August 29, 2011

By Ivy Hillman ’12

The fall 2011 term brings a new chair to the Department of Sociology and Social Work. Dr. Jackie Hogan, associate professor of sociology, has already begun her new leadership role and is looking forward to expanding the department’s offerings during her term.

Hogan has been teaching lower and upper level sociology courses at Bradley since 2000, but her resume features experience gleaned around the world. She taught courses at Heidelberg College in Japan, the University of Tasmania in Australia and the Tasmanian Institute of Technical & Further Education, also in Australia.

Her research interests vary within the field of sociology: national identity, gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity, comparative sociology, globalization, and the body are among her top interests. Hogan published a book in 2009 entitled “Gender, Race and National Identity: Nations of Flesh and Blood.” Her second book, titled “Lincoln Inc.: Selling the Sixteenth President,” will be released in November.

Hogan said the department has gone through many changes recently, but she is eager to take on the tasks of her new appointment.

“In the last few years our department has gone through some significant changes. With the retirement of our long-time Chair, Dr. Leo Salamini, and the sad loss of Dr. Zeev Gorin, among other events, we hired four new faculty in just two years,” Hogan said.

Despite the challenges, or perhaps because of the challenges, Hogan said she believes it is a great time to serve as department chair. “Our new faculty came to Bradley with an impressive range of talents, tremendous energy and many wonderful ideas for how to make our program even stronger. So I can’t think of a better time to take over as Chair. I look forward to working with this great group of faculty,” Hogan said.

The department has already implemented some plans to strengthen the program.

“In Spring of 2011 we undertook a comprehensive program review. The reviewers, including both Bradley faculty and external reviewers, strongly supported our proposed curriculum reforms,” Hogan said.

There have already been several new classes added to the curriculum. Also being added is a pro-seminar and capstone senior seminar. Hogan and the department faculty are also working toward adding an anthropology minor.

Hogan also plans to repeat some successful events recently hosted by the department.

“Last year we also launched our lecture series, ‘Perspectives on Society,’ featuring the research of our faculty and of other sociologists of note,” Hogan said. “I look forward to continuing to share the sociological perspective with the campus and the broader Peoria community.”